Darkly comic prison drama Screw, coming to Channel 4 in January 2022, promises to take us into the intense world of fictional men’s prison Long Marsh, a place bursting at the seams with humour, emotional high stakes and danger for prisoners and officers alike!
Witten by BAFTA nominated writer Rob Williams, one of the masterminds behind Killing Eve, this six-part series was inspired by his experience of working and volunteering in prisons.
Screw, a British slang term for a prison guard, stars Nina Sosanya as Leigh, who has devoted her entire life keeping inmates in line. She’s joined in the fray by rookie officer Rose (Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), as well as fellow screws Ali, Gary, Don and Jackie (King Gary’s Laura Checkley).
Here’s what else we know about the irreverent new six-part comedy drama…
‘Screw’ release date
Screw will begin on Thursday January 6 at 9pm on Channel 4 and then, shortly after, all six episodes will be shown on streaming service All4. We don’t know of a US release date or a worldwide air date, but we’ll update as soon as we can. We also believe it should end up on streaming service All4 and later come to BritBox.
Is there a trailer for ‘Screw’?
Yes a trailer for Channel 4’s Screw has been released now. Take a look below as well as at all the first look pictures in this feature.
What is the plot of ‘Screw’?
Set in Long Marsh’s C Wing, Screw follows a group of embattled prison officers, aka screws, including Leigh, a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to the prison and its inmates. But she’s an enigma to her team, and has her own secrets that if discovered could cost her more than her job.
Meanwhile, into the pressure cooker enters streetwise 21-year-old trainee officer Rose. But Long Marsh is a baptism of fire even for her! Producers of Screw say the series offers an insight into incarceration rarely seen on British TV, tackling contemporary stories ‘head-on with through a vibrant and multi layered cast of characters.’
‘Screw’ cast — Nina Sosanya on playing Leigh
In Screw, Nina Sosanya plays experienced prison officer Leigh, who keeps her inmates in line, but has their backs when they need it.
Nina says: “Leigh runs the prison’s C wing as if she’s the captain of a ship. She doesn’t trust anybody else to take any kind of responsibility, really, because she needs control. Having that kind of personality in a prison is going to cause friction amongst the staff members. You can’t run something that way – you need to have a certain level of trust.”
NIna is best known for her roles in W1A and Last Tango in Halifax. But she’s also had parts in Killing Eve, as DCI Laura Porter in Marcella, and Elaine Parry in His Dark Materials.
‘Screw’ cast — Jamie-Lee O’Donnell on playing Rose
In Screw, Jamie-Lee stars as rookie screw Rose, who struggles in her new job on C Wing. She’s a streetwise 21-year-old who nonetheless has a lot to learn about life on the inside.
Jamie Lee says: “Rose grows really quickly as a person – she doesn’t have a choice because of what’s going on in there. It’s a lot of responsibility, and I think her expectations change pretty quick when she goes in and meets the rest of the characters. Everybody has their own take on prison life, and it changes what she maybe thought prison would be like.”
Jamie-Lee made her name as wild child Michelle in the C4 comedy Derry Girls, but has also starred in the Northern Irish series 6Degrees.
‘Screw’ cast — who else is starring?
Completing the Screw team of prison guards on C Wing are Line of Duty’s Faraz Ayub as Ali, I May Destroy You’s Stephen Wright as Gary, Game of Thrones’ Ron Donachie as Don and King Gary’s Laura Checkley as Jackie.
‘Screw’ — writer Rob Williams and behind the scenes
Screw is directed by Tom Vaughan (Doctor Foster) and Jordan Hogg (Ackley Bridge), while Rob Williams is also acting as executive producer as well as writer of the series.
Rob wanted to create a drama that reflected the prisons he’d worked in as a teacher, where gallows humour was rife among the staff, and the prisoners he taught were a fascinating and diverse group that confounded his expectations.
“It was such an eye-opener for me that there is such a cross-section of society in prison,” says Rob Williams. “More than anything, I remember the amount of times I was just laughing and enjoying the company. I made a point of not knowing what the students in my classes were in for, and we made the same decision in Screw. You’ll very rarely find out what the guys on the wing have actually done, it’s sort of beside the point.”